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to the president $800 billion in revenue, all through closing loopholes dealing with deductions new york increase in rates. first of all, on the base exmath, can you get to $800 billion over 10 years that way? how would you do it not knowing exactly all the specific he is offered up? an more importantly as i work my sources on capitol hill and look at what the president has offered $1.6 trillion, others said $1.2 trillion, could you get to $1.2 trillion simply by eliminating deductions and installing caps there without raising rates? >> i'm going to play the think tanker inside washington card and go back to what's not achieveable and then come back to that. if you think about it from the economic perspective, a hierarchy of the best ways to raise more revenue. the first, the senator mentioned, and a group of people earlier today mentioned, growth is undoubtedly the best way to raise additional revenue. you can find a way to do that. we talk about growth inside the fiscal discussion and that's important but there are other things we can do as a nation toen courage growth, an obvious one is intell
, representative of the seventh district of new york. >> thank you speaker and reverend conroy. thank you to all of my colleagues here today as well as the distinguished senators here with us. mrs. bush and madam secretary, our thanks and appreciation to both of you for not only taking the time to be here today, but for your many contributions to this effort and for your commitment to advancing the cause of freedom and democracy in burma. i would be remiss if i did not also mentioned someone who is not with us here today and that is congressman tom lantos. he and his staff worked so hard on burma for so many years. i wish you were here today to share this moment in history with us. today is an amazing day. today is an incredible day. who would have thought that when this bill was introduced in the house in 2008, when aung san suu kyi was still under house arrest, that in a few short years she would be standing or sitting here with us on u.s. soil receiving this honor, and as a member of the burmese parliament? back then we thought about granting the medal in absentia, which may have been the fir
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